Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The hooded or spectacled snake, Naja tripudians, a serpent of the most venomous nature, found abundantly in different hot countries of Asia, especially in India. In common with the other vipers of the genus Naja, it is remarkable for the manner in which it is able to spread out or dilate the back and sides of the neck and head when irritated, giving somewhat the appearance of a hood. The name spectacle-snake is derived from the presence of a binocular mark on the back of its neck. It feeds on lizards and other small animals, is sluggish in its habits, and is easily killed. It attains a length of 3 or 4 feet. Also written cobra-da-capello, cobra-di-capello, or simply called
cobra. See Naja.
“We shall see how, when Buddhism entered China, the cobra-de-capello, so often figured in the Buddhistic representations of India, is replaced by the dragon.”
“The other "live boys," though not so much inclined as the Milesian to battle with the cobra-de-capello, have some experience in shooting tigers, leopards, deer, pythons, crocodiles, and other game, though not enough to wholly satisfy their natural enterprise.”
“Superstitions: -- Singhalese folk-lore regarding bears, 24 _n_. leopards, 27, 29. mongoos, 38. kabra-goya, 273. cobra-de-capello, 300. use of snake-stones, 315. elephants 'burial-place, 236.”
“Certain snakes are very susceptible to the charm of harmonious tonal vibration; witness the performance of the Hindu snake charmer, who, while handling that deadly poisonous creature, the cobra-de-capello, plays continuously on flageolets, fifes, or other musical instruments. [”
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